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Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:44

Take anything from the BBC with a pinch of salt Yvie. I have never had one smell bad yet.

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:40

4 is gray/silver ragwort.  cineraria may be the same thing.

unidentified bug

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:35
"Whitefly Control

Yellow sticky traps are helpful for monitoring and suppressing adult populations. If found, use the Bug Blaster to hose off plants with a strong stream of water and reduce pest numbers. Natural predators of this pest include ladybugs and lacewing larvae, which feed on their eggs and the whitefly parasite which destroys nymphs and pupae. For best results, make releases when pest levels are low to medium. If populations are high, use a least-toxic, short-lived organic pesticide to establish control, then release predatory insects to maintain control. Insecticidal soapneem oil and botanical insecticides can be used to spot treat heavily infested areas if population become intolerable.

Tip: Horticultural oils, which work by smothering insects, are very effective on all stages of this pest.

Note: Ants feed on the honeydew that sucking insects produce and will protect these pests from their natural enemies. An application of Tanglefoot Pest Barrier to the stalks of roses and other woody plants will help get rid of ants."

unidentified bug

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:32

White fly. Use a soft soap solution and spray it on the plant and soil.

Help with fertiliser

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:25

Apply Blood Fish and Bone 'BFB' for now. Then try and incorporate as much compost/leaf mould and manure as possible later on towards the end of the season. It will be ok to add it now if you need it now 

Take a pic of the plants you do not recognise and we will try and identify them on here.  

Weed killer

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:11

Only do a little bit at a time ( the area you need ) and enjoy. It is a hard slog when you first start but it is worth it. 

This is the perfect time to get rid of weeds as it is the start of the growing season.

hormone rooting powder /gel

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:07

It should keep for 18 to 24 months from the date on the bottle.

Weed killer

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:04

Dig out a much roots as possible and then level off. 

Wait for the weeds to germinate and start growing, then apply roundup or any weed killer containing glyphosate  to the perennial weeds. It might take a few applications. The annual weeds can be hoed off and they will die.  

Weed killer

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:53

You will have to reseed or patch to fill the gaps where the weeds have been removed.

I presume you already have a lawn full of weeds and you want to keep that. 

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 15:47

My rule of green thumb for topsoil is to double the initial estimate needed and then add three tonnes more. Then you will only be two tonnes short.

Discussions started by Edd

Ought for Nought.

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Are you square or round and Iron willed?

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Mimosa pudica

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Replanting Green Onions/spring onions.

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ISIS problem.

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Egg dilemma?

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Rain water

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The National Rose Society books. Need new home.

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Trilliums for Lily.

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Got this nice present today and i know its not from here.

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Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

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Is it just me?

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